So let's begin examining the Big Lie about the Tea Party movement.
As I was not ready to jump on the Tea Party bandwagon from the outset, I got to question and look at their motives. What I gathered was that it was conservative at its core, because there were lots of people who saw a castrated GOP fail to do a damned thing, fail to deliver on what they campaigned on, grow the government, and allow the Democrats to get free reign in Washington to grow the government even faster while coming up with every new way to tax us they could imagine (next year includes rolling back the bush tax cuts, the health care taxes, and maybe the VAT if they can cram it in early enough, not to mention the various pushes to "fix" the tax code to "properly" redistribute the wealth. The early groups included a fair amount of the crazies, but crazies are usually some of the first to jump on the "our government sucks" bandwagon.
However, as we moved from the aftermath of big government "conservatism" of Bush to full-on Obama "change" (which was merely massive escalation of government growth), the Tea Party, alongside the people who increasingly see the problems with our bastard tax code, began to grow. And merge. And diversify. And now we (yes, that includes me) are a collection of people of various political, financial, racial, social, and religious stripes (including the requisite few loony fringe kooks) who can agree that government is getting way too large, the tax system is fundamentally flawed and freedom-sucking, and both of the political parties are contributing to the problem.
But since the first two points are the basic principles of fiscal conservatism, and diametrically opposed to the agenda of big government liberals, pseudo-conservative Republicans, and the Democrat party leadership (Obama, Pelosi, Reid, specifically), it's time to unleash the Big Lie:
You start with some basics. Call them teabaggers, since, to liberals, their ideas suck balls, so they must, in fact, suck balls. Good for a giggle if you like to imagine Glenn Beck and Sarah Palin engaged in the aforementioned activity. Their leaders are morons. There's
And it's all a BIG CORPORATE interest astroturf campaign run by same guys who propped up the retard Bush (even though most of the people really haven't gotten out to protest for more relief for BIG WHATEVER before) that lacks any genuine emotion or thought.
But those are just the memes that don't require articulate talking heads to vomit forth opinions.
Former president Bill Clinton weighed in, saying that the Tea Party rhetoric mimicked the crap that came from terrorist Timothy McVeigh to blow up the Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, which was 15 years ago today. Never mind the fact that no respectable leader of the Tea Party has EVER encouraged the violent overthrow of the government. We're about LESS government. NO government is an anarchist thing. And the only reason you take up armed revolt is when the ballot box stops working, even in theory. In practice, it barely works, although in theory we could replace 466 people this year if we all ganged up and voted the incumbents out.
From the White House comes cracks that the Tea Party should be thanking Obama for lowering taxes (through gimmicks and behavior-manipulating credits) (even though that's before the tax for health care comes in, other tax cuts are repealed, etc.). After all, they're too stupid to know that their taxes went down. And the media accomplices riff off the astroturf meme as they gleefully report this condescension.
I could fill pages with more examples. I've seen videos craftily (and well) edited that shows only the worst the Tea Party has to offer. I've seen post after post of pissed off rantings at average Americans who's crime against Obama is attendance of one of these events, including many fouling up otherwise intelligent liberal blogs (including many of the ones on the left). And it's been getting more shrill and ridiculous since the movement began to pick up steam.
The final straw for me was Time columnist Joe Klein, with this gem:
"I looked up the definition of sedition which is conduct or language inciting rebellion against the authority of the state. And a lot of these statements, especially the ones coming from people like Glenn Beck and to a certain extent Sarah Palin, rub right up close to being seditious."
"I think there are two things going on here. One is certainly that, not just that he is African-American, but that his name is Barack Hussein Obama. The other thing is that... we've had a very scary economic crisis, and when people get scared, they get defensive, and they get a little crazy."
"The teabaggers (inbred hicks who like sucking sweaty balls) are hateful crazy pissed idiots who want to hang the 'ragheaded Kenyan terrorist nigger' in the White House and erect a oppressive theocracy based on feeding selfish Big Corporate interests and angry white guys."
With all the varnish taken off, the Big Lie is pretty damned harsh. It's also bullshit. And being that this is a group that I would consider myself a part of, I think a response in kind:
Fuck you, you ignorant sluts. You know you can't win the intellectual argument, so you've fallen back on the classic tactic of dismissing your opposition as fucking morons who aren't deserving of life. Anybody who sees what you cowardly shits are trying to pull should know better than to descend to the puerile lather you've descended to. Not that this will stop you, but I'd advise not saying the above to my face.
For those of you who have tried engaging the Tea Party intellectually, thank you. You're wrong as a family circle jerk, but at least you're standup individuals, and do America proud while trying to destroy it. And for those of you who stand with me as a no-longer-silent majority, don't let the idiots get you down. And when an idiot gets in your face with the crap outlined above, feel free to respond in kind.
Sometimes, you just have to punch someone in the mouth when they keep saying stupid shit.